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Le Marche encompasses everything one would want from Italy. Incredible countryside from the Sibillini mountains to the glorious coastline, classic landscapes, castellated hilltops towns, culture, art, music, indoor, outdoor and watersports, wonderful wildlife, fun, delicious food and wines, quality fashions and footwear, museums, churches, culture, history – so much to do and see. Experience life to its fullest – experience Le Marche!
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The Monti Sibillini Loop among the 10 great European road trips you must do in your lifetime by Telegraph

The Monti Sibillini Loop among the 10 great European road trips you must do in your lifetime by Telegraph | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
Spoleto to Norcia and the Monti Sibillini loop, Italy

This short but spectacular day’s drive out of Spoleto is like a landscape opera in a prologue, three acts and an encore – the latter as you repeat the Spoleto-Norcia stretch on the return journey. The prologue is the gentle, summery, olive-clad plain surrounding the cultured Umbrian hilltown that is your starting point.

A three-mile-long tunnel gives the stagehands time to change the set for Act 1: the Valnerina, a cool, steep-sided green valley dotted with solid stone-built villages that have a vaguely Alpine feel. More bucolic, Act 2 begins with a sweeping vista across a fertile upland plain to the handsome walled town of Norcia, famous for its truffles, sausages and Benedictine monastery, with the Sibillini mountains looming behind.

It’s these that provide the drama of Act 3: the road begins to climb steeply up to Passo di Gualdo, where the Piano Grande, an upland valley famous for its lentils, and the rainbow tapestry painted by its wildflowers, suddenly appears in all its glory.

Starts: Spoleto – take road numbers: SS3, SS685, SS320 from Spoleto to Norcia, then local roads to Preci, Visso, Castelluccio and back to Norcia, returning to Spoleto on the same route.

Length: 101 miles.

Time: Allow just over three hours’ actual driving. Allowing for time for sightseeing and lunch, this makes for a perfect short day’s outing.

Best driven in: Late May or early June when the crocuses, fritillaries and lentils are in flower, turning Piano Grande into a carpet of shifting colours.

Top tip: At 1,452m, the village of Castelluccio is higher than Ben Nevis – so come prepared for snow, even late in the season, though the roads are generally well gritted.

Nearest airport: Perugia.

More information: italia.it/en

Lee Marshall

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Are now dozens of international articles that pose the Sibylline mountains in the most  important bucket lists of active holidays. Here are the last on the online pages of The Telegraph

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The Monti Sibillini National Park Is Putting the Mountains on Your Plate

The Monti Sibillini National Park Is Putting the Mountains on Your Plate | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Any mountain meal in Europe is likely comprised of some local ingredients. Taking it one step further, the Monti Sibillini National Park in Central Italy is offering a pure mountain taste. The project called "Menu of the Sibillini" has challenged restaurants in the park to create a dish whereby every single ingredient is from the park. [...]

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In Le Marche a food project will teach Europe about the reconcile the needs of nature and conservation, with social and economic demands stimulating sustainable, high quality tourism.

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Travel Story: Pilate’s Lake, Monti Sibillini

Travel Story: Pilate’s Lake, Monti Sibillini | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

This is a story of an excursion into the most celebrated and famous place of Monti Sibillini National Park, the only glacial lake of the Apennines [...]

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Sibillini & Le Marche - destination for a walking holiday

Sibillini & Le Marche - destination for a walking holiday | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it
The Sibillini mountains in Le Marche in Italy - a great destination for a walking holiday off the beaten track. Walk in ancient landscapes and medieval towns

To many people Le Marche is one of the most unspoilt, friendly and beautiful areas in Italy. It has so much variation in landscapes and things to see that you can think of it as all of Italy in one province. Here you will find the Adriatic coast, fertile plains, rolling hills and the Apennine mountains all in one place.  Le Marche is still relatively undiscovered and great for walking off the beaten track. [...]

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Sibillini Live Festival 2014

Sibillini Live Festival 2014 http://sibillinilivefestival.it/ 

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Truffles in Le Marche | The Real Truffle - Your Nose Knows Not

Truffles in Le Marche | The Real Truffle - Your Nose Knows Not | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

The stunningly scenic mountain village of Montefortino in the Sibillini Mountains Central Italy, held its 16th annual Festival of Real Truffles, 'Festival del Tartufo Vero dei Monti Sibillini', often amidst thunder and lightening. While the stormy weather was not ideal it was symbolic as the Romans believed that truffles were created when the god Jove hit an oak tree with a thunderbolt. Doctor Fioravanti the president of the truffle association, A.T.T., spoke about the cultural history of truffles prized from Greek civilization onwards and associated with myths concerning their powers, such as being an aphrodisiac or the food of witches. In the past the 'real' truffle needed to be distinguished from legends. Today the 'real' truffle needs to be protected from the counterfeit. [...]

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Tamara Griffiths that defines herself Mountain Writer on the pages dell'Huffingtonpost Canada, moved to Sibillini Mountains in Le Marche and in this article refers to the counterfeiting of Truffles, the risk for a land  that seems to focus a lot on the fresh product

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Appassionata's curator insight, March 6, 2014 1:14 PM

You have to be careful that you are really getting the truffles you ordered!!

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This is how food regulation begins in some cases- in this case Chinese genetically modifying truffles, running them through Romania as "Romanian Truffles" and bypassing the European Union. One day there will be Codex standard developed and most likely the National Health Federation Codex delegation will sit in on this. Just as now even though most agree that follow up formula is bad and not necessary, it is undergoing the Codex standard process

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Mountain Towns in the Sibillini Area

Mountain Towns in the Sibillini Area | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

I love the mountains. Love looking at them, and even more being out in them. So one of the things on my tick list while in Italy was to get to the mountains. Most people know about the Italian Alps, in the northwest. A few more know about the Dolomites, in the northeast. I was not familiar with the Sibillinis, which actually run pretty much down the spine of “the boot” of Italy.

They’re at their highest and most beautiful in Le Marche, where the Parco Nazionale dei Monti Sibillini is located.
So we drove first to Sarnano and then to Amandola, about 30-45 minutes south of us. Both are picturesque walled towns in the mountains. Both are fascinating to wander through. They’re both built at the top of a rise at the foot of higher mountains. So the streets circle the hill, dividing it into level or layers. It sounds orderly—sort of. But walking around these narrow vias and vicolos, you could easily get lost. And that’s part of the fun of it—at least to me. It’s also a great way to get to the top of a very steep hill—traversing back and forth past storybook castle-like homes that have been occupied for the better part of a millennium. [...]

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From the beach to the mountains in an afternoon – Only in Le Marche!

From the beach to the mountains in an afternoon – Only in Le Marche! | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Here is a brain teaser: is it possible to stroll on the beach in the afternoon and, an hour or so later, be up in the mountains walking in the snow, tasting delicious regional salami and cheese?
The answer is yes and, more precisely, the answer is Le Marche.

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This is so true! We live in the foothills of the Apennines outside Piobbico (near the Umbrian boarder) and within 45 minutes we can have our toes in the Adriatic Sea in Fano!
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Alternative Italy - Like The Dolomites? Try Monti Sibillini - Lonely Planet

Alternative Italy - Like The Dolomites? Try Monti Sibillini - Lonely Planet | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

This is countryside imbued with mystery. Sanctuaries and churches are scattered in remote valleys. Locals pick wild herbs to make medicines and scent their cooking. Monte Sibilla (a mountain) was once home, according to legend, to a witch or ’sybil’, giving rise to the name Sibillini. Menacing place names abound, such as Gole dell’Infernaccio (mouth of hell) and Passo Cattivo (bad pass). The area is famous throughout Italy for its legends, and even the park symbol depicts the mountains with eyes.

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Smerillo and the Albergo Diffuso in Le Marche

Smerillo and the Albergo Diffuso in Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

What is this 'Albergo Diffuso' ?
The "Albergo Diffuso" has no corrispondent word in english because it's a new way to do holidays in Italy. A new kind of italian Hospitality, a country hotel, with rooms and services situated in different buildings and managed by a single centralized unit structure. A tourist's formula that, recovers old closed buildings and make them more confortable respecting their architectures. With no damage for the integrity and the landscapes of our wonderfull territory. See them now. Ancient houses of the medieval village, where history meets culture, allows the tourist to live the real life with the other residents, to hear it is left some neighborhoods, to share culture and traditions.

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The Sibylline Monuntains Between Umbria and Le Marche in Central Italy

The Monti Sibillini National Park is located across the regions of Marche and Umbria (Italy). The city shown is Castelluccio di Norcia. [...]

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An area of endless beauty, nature and monuments in an unspoiled and little urbanized scenery. No need to travel to the ends of the world to find a genuine nature and people welcoming and generous.

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Mountain Research Rises to the Challenge

Mountain Research Rises to the Challenge | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

The Monti Sibillini National Park, collaborating with University of Camerino, is conducting a project experimenting with preserving mountain meadows in five sites. Two of these focus on combatting Brachypodium genuense. Since domestic animals are averse to this grass these sites are initially mown, and local people are given incentives to help maintain sheep and horses in these locations.

The study results, to be published in 2017, will be a significant step toward preserving the beauty and health of mountains in Europe. [...]

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What to Do When on Holiday in Amandola

What to Do When on Holiday in Amandola | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Hiking in the Sibillini MountainsFrom 2 hour circular walks, to hiking up Hell's Gorge, to climbing over 1000 meters to Pilate's Lake, there are so many interesting hikes. Afterwards relax in Amandola with a gelato or coffee, watching the world go by and reflecting on the day.

Some of our favourites walks include:

Gola dell'Infernaccio - a stunning walk suitable for most levels which is especially great during the summer as you are walking by the river Tenna, waterfalls and through shaded beech woods. Slicing through limestone cliffs, you can take a side path up to the San Leonardo Church, the perfect place for your lunch stop. Originally the church was built by a group of Camaldolesi monks in the 9th centuary, before it was abandonned in the 1500's. 

Then in 1960, Padre Pietro a Cappuccian monk made this his hermitage and started building his own gothic church once more. The church is beautiful but simple and surrounded by nature, this has been his mission for over 40 years and you may even be lucky enough to meet him working on the shurch or growing his own veggies.

Lago di Pilato - slightly more difficult (and you might just ache a little the next day, but it is certainly worth it!) amazing views all round and the most rewarding part of the 1000 meter climb is when Pilates Lake comes in to view. You will pass through beech woods and plateus and make sure you make an early start in summer as it can get quite hot up there. 

However, be careful you are not tempted to take a dip in the waters though as they are protected, being the only home in the world where the tiny fairy shrimp Chirocephalus Marchesonii live. The coral coloured shrimp swims tummy up and you may just be able to spot them. In the middle ages there were rumours that devils and ghastly spirits lived up here.

Dogana Loop - further away but well worth the drive - a long (15.5 kms) but easy walk with stunning views over Castelluccio, Monte della Laga and the Piano Grande. Halfway along the walk is the rifugio Colle Le Cese, where you can be refreshed or eat your lunch.

Part of the walk is on the Grande Anello dei Sibillini and you will be rewarded at every turn with a new vista. A really beautiful walk with only one slightly steep climb just near the end. 

Lama Rosse or Red Blades - take a hike up to these wonderful creations being eroded by the elements into cliffs and pinnacles. You will walk through thick shady woodland and may be mistaken for thinking you have wondered into the Middle East. 

The walk starts by the beautiful blue Fiastra Lake where you can bathe in the designated swimming areas. Dammed in the 1950's the lake provides hydro-electric power. 

From the Lama Rosse, you can also continue to the Grotta dei Frati, a small cave hidden away in the rocks


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Le Marche Hiking | Mt. Priora, Tre Vescovi and Pizzo Berro

Le Marche Hiking | Mt. Priora, Tre Vescovi and Pizzo Berro | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

You can look back to http://ddstanford.blogspot.it/2012/07/3-summitsone-day-with-bacco-in.html Back to the rifugio di Fargno above the town of Casali (or Bolognola); start early and finish at lunch time and you can eat in this "bunker" at 1900 meters above the tree line.  Try and arrive early to avoid any crowds, I started at 810 from the refuge and was the only person on the top of the first 2 peaks. [...]

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Sheep and dogs in the Monti Sibillini

Sheep and dogs in the Monti Sibillini | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

We headed up to a small village called Foce, the closest place you can get to Monte Vettore, the highest peak in the Monti Sibillini. As we walked up from the village we found this flock of sheep guarded by three dogs, who move with them as they graze, giving protection from the bears and wolves still resident in this area.

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Tamara Griffiths and The Art of Enjoying Life | Le Marche side of the Sibillini

Tamara Griffiths and The Art of Enjoying Life | Le Marche side of the Sibillini | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Often in mountain cultures in Europe money was not perceived as key to enjoying life and there existed an ancient wisdom, in some way similar to the values of Hinduism. During interviews with traditional mountain residents in the central Apennines I discovered this different life perspective. Eight semi-structured qualitative interviews were undertaken with traditional mountain inhabitants in eight settlements all located between 770 to 1031 meters altitude along the Le Marche side of the Sibillini, and represent a sample covering almost the entire length of the Sibillini massif on the eastern side. The emergent themes were connectivity with the mountains, a strong community life, and a belief that the old lifestyle with all the work and hardships, offered the richest life experience when compared to today. Remarkably money did not exist in many of these communities until as late as the 1960s. [...]

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http://www.sibillinimountainhealth.com/The "Mountain Health Diet" focuses on shepherds from the Apennines of Central Italy because they took the best of both the old world and the new; they followed the early culture of the hunter-gatherer, and mixed this with pre-industrial, small scale (nature first) farming.  Their wisdom forms a bridge for us as a sedentary culture like they were, to access the health benefits earlier people experienced.
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Monti Sibillini National Park, Italy by National Geographic via Cancello Est

Monti Sibillini National Park, Italy by National Geographic via Cancello Est | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Name: Monti Sibillini National Park

  • Location: Italy
  • Date Established: 1993
  • Size: 276 square miles (714 square kilometers)

Did You Know?
• Namesake Mount Sibilla is named for a legendary prophetess named Sibyl. Knights and other petitioners from across Europe made the arduous journey to her remote cave, the story goes, in hopes of gaining a few precious pearls of wisdom.
• Village Charm Eighteen charismatic towns, tucked in and among the mountains, are packed with historic art and abbeys, castles, and medieval town centers that evidence an ancient relationship between the land and its people.
• Towns Each community has its own character. Cessapalombo, meaning “cut-down forest,” dates to the third century B.C. and has a museum to charcoal burning, which was one of the early industries in the area. The valley of Acquacanina is a center of Benedictine abbeys, placed under direct Papal protection in 1192. The fortified town of Arquata is still surrounded by ancient walls and gates. And Visso, home of the park’s headquarters, is set among wooded hills where five river valleys converge in a location so inviting humans settled the spot 900 years before Rome was founded.
• Park Peaks Here in the heart of the Sibillini Mountains ten peaks soar above 6,560 feet (2,000 meters), led by Mount Vettore, which tops out at 8,123 feet (2,476 meters). The mountainous slopes that reach these dizzying heights are cut by narrow valleys and rushing rivers before giving way to pastoral alpine landscapes below the tree line.
• Plants and Animals The park is home to 1,800 plant species and a wild bouquet of mountain flowers including edelweiss, pasqueflowers, martagon lilies, bearberries, and various orchids. Animal life includes wolves and wild mountain cats as well as prickly porcupines. Roe deer have recently been reintroduced. Golden eagles, peregrine falcons, eagles, owls, goshawks, snow finches, and sparrow hawks fill the skies. And small invertebrates are among the more interesting inhabitants—several live nowhere else on Earth except in a lake here.
• Local Flavor The Sibillini Mountains have some outstanding culinary offerings. Perched between the Marches and Umbria, a smorgasbord of cured meats is always on offer. Other tasty local fare includes apples, honey, truffles, mushrooms, chestnuts, chickpeas, and vin cotto or cooked wine.
How to Get There
Trains stop in Ascoli Piceno, Spoleto, and Camerino. Bus routes also serve these towns and reach Fermo as well.
When to Visit
Winters in the mountains are cold and snowy yet beautiful, especially to cross-country skiers and other winter sport enthusiasts. And the region’s thermal springs are especially welcome at this time. Spring brings the blooming of alpine flowers, and when truly warm weather hits the entire spectrum of outdoor activities is in full swing.
How to Visit
Monti Sibillini National Park is an adventure sport center. Mountain biking, horseback riding, hang gliding, paragliding, and climbing are all popular activities here. But other visitors happily stick to town streets and enjoy the artistic, cultural, culinary, and historic traditions that have arisen and endured here over the centuries.
Monti Sibillini National Park, Italy -- National Geographic

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Simple and great information about Monti Sibillini National Park! Makes me want to visit there.

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Profoundly inspiring courses, Art, nature, spirit:Montanaro Circle, San Ginesio Le Marche

Profoundly inspiring courses, Art, nature, spirit:Montanaro Circle, San Ginesio Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Check this new venture Montanaro circle in Le Marche Italy. It offers courses in traditional arts, meditation and nature walks in the Sibillini mountains. The teachers include the the leader from BBC's 'The Retreat' program, the leader from the Transcendental meditation trust and a world famous icon painter.

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Borgo Rocchetta: a Time Box in Le Marche

Borgo Rocchetta: a Time Box  in Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

Borgo Rocchetta  is a rural village in the province of Ascoli Piceno, situated between the Sibillini and Gran Sasso. The tiny village is under an eco-restoration project that will take him to be a unic example of eco-architecture in Italy... (Use Google Traslate to reed more)

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Le Lame Rosse - a Canyon in Le Marche

Le Lame Rosse - a Canyon in Le Marche | Le Marche another Italy | Scoop.it

You can have a taste of Colorado in central Italy, in the Mt. Sibillini National Park. The place is called "Le lame rosse" (the red blades) and it is near the nice Lake of Fiastra, and it can be reach with an easy 1 hour hike.
This barren landscape appears very unexpected at the end of the trail, which runs under the bush.
The pinnacles can be up to 50 meters high.
Such types of rocks formations are very unusual in Italy. 

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